If you happen to like fly fishing, this is a weekend tailor made for you.
Why is that? Because there are three different high profile fly fishing events scheduled across North Texas over the next few days.
First up is the annual TPWD Fly Fish Texas event, a yearly gathering scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. For information, visit the TPWD Web site at www.tpwd.texas.gov .
Also on Saturday is the second annual TRWD Flyfest event (www.trwdflyfest.com), a gathering scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the River Park Trailhead on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River in Fort Worth.
The event is free and features a number of fly casting, fly tying, fly fishing and cooking demonstrations put on by such well known fly fishing gurus as Steve Hollensed, Rob Woodruff and Frank Smethurst among others.
Woodruff will teach on casting big flies for bass along with fly fishing for trout at Oklahoma’s Lower Mountain Fork River. He will also team up with his wife, Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff, who is herself an Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide on the Lower Mountain Fork River, to teach a fly casting class for women anglers.
Hollensed will teach several fly casting seminars including beginner and intermediate techniques.
Well known Central Texas fly tying expert Matt Bennett will be in town to discuss advanced fly tying patterns and techniques for native bass species swimming in Texas’ Hill Country streams.
Those techniques will include methods that the Umpqua fly tier uses to tie such patterns as his well known Bennett’s Lunch Money streamer pattern.
Also this weekend, the first ever Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival takes place on March 11-12 at the Plano Centre in Plano.
Sponsored by such entities as the Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company fly shop, fly rod manufacturer Temple Fork Outfitters and Southwest Fly Fishing magazine, the event has plenty of star power attending.
That’s because the speaker’s list includes well known fly fishing writer and fly casting instructor Lefty Kreh; casting guru Ed Jaworowski; iconic fly tyer Bob Clouser of Clouser Minnow fame; Orvis’ well-known writer, fly fishing spokesman and adventurer Tom Rosenbauer; and well-known photographer Brian O’Keefe among others.
Tickets are $25 per day, $35 for a two-day weekend pass and $25 for a VIP Festival After Party.
Along with several free classes that are being offered, other fly casting and/or fly tying classes will be taught by such presenters as Bob Clouser, Frank Smethurst, Ed Jaworowski, Wanda Taylor and Fishy Fullum carry costs of $50 to $75.
For more information and the complete schedule, visit the event’s Web site at www.txflyfishingfestival.org.
Or you can contact festival director Beau Beasley by e-mail at Fishutopia@comcast.netor by calling at 703-402-8338.